Policy Focus – National automated access system for heavy vehicles

Transport association Austroads is leading the implementation of a national automated access system (NAAS) for heavy vehicles in Australia and New Zealand.

The NAAS will support road managers, including from local governments, to provide access decisions more efficiently to help drive better productivity and safety across state borders.

The system will be based on the successful Tasmanian Heavy Vehicle Access Management System (HVAMS) acknowledging the differences in infrastructure and processes across jurisdictions.

Aimed at providing a seamless experience, the NAAS will also include interfaces with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s portal and other applications.

Local governments manage 77 per cent of Australia’s roads by length and play an important role in authorising heavy vehicle access on local roads.  However councils only collect 3.5 per cent of national taxation and are heavily reliant on funding from other levels of government.

ALGA has consistently advocated for $300 million per year from the Federal Government for councils to support the implementation of Heavy Vehicle National Law Reforms and improve freight productivity on Australia’s local roads.

Learn more about the NAAS project here.